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Cold weather likely caused young man's death in Rochester

The 22 year old didn't have keys to get into his home.

A man found dead outside a Rochester house this week likely died from exposure to the cold.

Rochester police says that Ali Gombo, was found dead on Sunday morning outside his home at 917 4th Avenue NW.

He had been out with friends on Saturday and had been dropped off at around 2:30 a.m., with the 22 year old wearing a hooded sweatshirt at the time. 

Neighbors heard loud voices around that time, with police later finding that Gombo didn't have the keys to the house, and would usually knock on the door or the window and his sister would let him in.

According to KIMT, footsteps were found around the house, suggesting he was trying to get inside and also that he tried to alert a neighbor. Police also found smears of blood, suggesting he had fallen on more than one occasion.

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Gombo's clothes were found at the bottom of a decline at the rear of the house, with KAAL reporting that this is a sign of someone suffering from hypothermia. 

The investigation continues, with police looking into whether there were any other factors in Gombo's death.

This explainer by LiveScience describes how people suffering from extreme hypothermia sometimes take their clothes off, known as "paradoxical undressing."

It is believed to be linked to the body responding to the extreme cold by sending warm blood to the extremities, resulting in a "hot flash" that makes the sufferer – already confused and disoriented – feel like they're burning up.

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